BY KAREN HEERINGA
Even if they don’t look it for every second of their existence, these dudes have long hair and plaid shirts deep inside their souls. Just because you’d never heard them before doesn’t mean you haven’t heard them. If you’ve enjoyed listening to fellow Bloodshot Records bands like The Waco Brothers or can imagine a modern and cooler version of John Cougar Mellencamp, then Ha Ha Tonka (named after a rural Missouri state park) is your band. It’s good feelings on a Saturday morning in September, a cold beer around the campfire, and walking along train tracks with your best girl. Everything is real and happy, and life is good on the weekends.